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Janelle Monáe & Kendrick Lamar To Perform At The White House Fourth Of July Celebration

July 3rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Tomorrow is set to be a grand day filled with celebratory fun as the nation observes Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July. But it’s safe to say that the most popping event is going down in our nation’s capital.

According to PoliticoPresident Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have booked two of their favorite artists, Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe, to play the official White House Independence Day barbecue. The annual event located on the South Lawn, honors military heroes and their families. In addition, there will be a fireworks viewing where “white House staff and their families from throughout the administration will also attend,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed to reporters Friday.

 

Back in December, Obama divulged that Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly’s “How Much a Dollar Cost” was one of his favorite songs of 2015. The POTUS also invited Lamar to the Oval Office months later to promote the Pay It Forward program, which encourages the mentoring of inner city youth.

Monáe is also no stranger to the White House, having previously recorded a track for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” and attended an April summit to talk about criminal justice reform with various artists.

Needless to say, we’d all love to attend this Fourth of July bash, right?

Look Who’s On Snapchat!

June 21st, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Michelle Obama Joins Snapchat!

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Snapchat used to be regarded as the app for horny teenagers looking to send each other nudes. And while I’m sure that’s still the case in some circles, (looking at you Yo Gotti), it’s becoming increasingly popular with the older crowd, myself included.

But today, the addition of one member has the internets talking.

First Lady Michelle Obama joined the app today, looking fabulous in the first image she uploaded.

In the first video of her story, FLOTUS told us it was going to be a busy day. The two young boys who created the Running Man Challenge performed it at the White House before they played a game of “5 Second Rule” with Mrs. Obama.

Then late night host James Corden announced that he would be filming another edition of Carpool Karaoke with FLOTUS.

This is what she’s already posted today. We’ll be excited to see what else she’s got going on. And while there’s a good chance this account will only be active during the rest of her tenure in the White House, I really hope she decides to keep it going after she leaves.

You can follow Mrs. Obama on Snapchat at MichelleObama.

13 Times It Was Evident That President Obama Loves The Kids

May 10th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Prepare the tissues.  If you haven’t seen the video of President Obama with Little Miss Flint, the adorable and inspiring 8-year-old girl who met the President after writing him a letter and inviting him to her hometown of Flint, Michigan, you can watch it here.  Go ahead.  We’ll wait.

Not only did budding activist Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny call more attention to Flint’s ongoing lead contamination water crisis, but also, the third grader’s “mind was blown” upon meeting President Obama, something she never thought would happen.  In an interview with CBS News, the young girl said she’s learned that “one girl can change the world.”

The beautiful moment she jumped into President Obama’s arms made us reflect on all the moments he has spent with his daughters and other children during his historic presidency.  His obvious love and respect for children is one of the many reasons President Obama will be missed once he leaves office.  It’s safe to say that the White House will never be the same.

“They Grow Up Too Fast”: Malia, Sasha Obama Turn Heads At Their First State Dinner

March 11th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The first kids at last nights state dinner. #SashaObama #MaliaObama #potus #flotus #whitehouse #firstkids

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In a room full of dignitaries and Canadian-born celebrities (no, Drake was not present), all eyes managed to be on two of the youngest guests attending the Trudeau State Dinner last night at the White House.

The dinner, which honored Canada’s newest prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was Malia and Sasha Obama’s very first state dinner and black-tie gala. Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14, were sandwiched between celebrities like Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh and actress Blake Lively, who is married to actor Ryan Reynolds. Oh and Reynolds are both from Canada.

Trudeau, 44, who is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, made mention of both young ladies during his speech at the dinner. He recounted his own experience as the child of a world leader who grew up in the spotlight, as his father was in office from the time he was born up until he was 8.

“The memories for me of being a kid and not being old enough to attend these kinds of events with my father almost makes me wish I had gone through my teenage years as a child of a world leader—but not quite,” Trudeau joked.

He continued, “I admire you very much, both of you, for your extraordinary strength and your grace, through what is a remarkable childhood and young adulthood that will give you extraordinary strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life. The one thing that you have received from your extraordinary parents is the tools to be able to handle the challenges and the opportunities in front of you. So thank you very much for joining us tonight.”

And President Obama, who has spoken extensively over the last few years about the excitement, and sometimes sadness, of watching his little girls grow up, acknowledged the teens once again when it was time for him to take his place at the podium and speak. They’re far from the 7 and 10-year-old children they were back when President Obama took office in 2008.

“They grow up too fast,” he said. “This fall, Malia heads off to college. And I’m starting to choke up.”

And, as previously reported, once Malia heads to school, the Obama family will stay in D.C. for a couple of years, as opposed to returning to Chicago, so that Sasha can finish her studies at the private school Sidwell Friends.

Check out images of the First Family during last night’s dinner, with all of the Obama women looking like a million bucks. Oh, and, of course, President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau didn’t look too shabby either (Michelle and Sophie both wore Jason Wu, who was raised in Vancouver by the way, and Malia and Sasha wore Naeem Khan).

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Malia Obama attends a state dinner at the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca

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Michelle and Barack Obama

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Beautiful!

12 Moments That Made This Black History Month One For The Record Books

February 26th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Don’t let Stacey Dash fool you, Black History Month is vitally important. In a country that seeks to downgrade, disregard or outright ignore our accomplishments and our beauty, we need a month (and then some) to acknowledge the brilliance of Black people. And for one reason or another, it seemed like this year the celebration was unavoidable. Check out the moments that made this year’s Black History Month one of the record books.

Style Crisis: Would You Wear Sneakers To The White House?

January 31st, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Being able to not compromise your style for comfort is key these days. Seriously, who wants to strut around in sky high heels, grimacing every step and reassuring yourself you’ve only got a few more steps until you reach your destination. Not I!

As a New York transplant, I have come to loathe heels. At one point in time I had only a few pair of sneakers, but now the low-maintenance kicks have become a way of life. From work to parties and everything in between, you’ll always find me a in clean pair of sneakers. Of course, when it comes to rocking them in certain settings, you’ve got to make sure that your ensemble is fly and put together right, but I’ve never seen people wearing sneakers as a problem.

Interestingly, model Cara Delevingne took a trip to the White House to join a Funny or Die-sponsored roundtable regarding climate change. Like most that pay the historic 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address a visit, she snapped a few selfies and photos for Instagram. In one photo she showed off her modest ensemble: black trench coat and skirt paired with Rihanna’s popular Puma Creepers in the black and white colorway.

Apparently, there were a number of people not amused with Delevingne’s cheeky photos nor her choice of footwear.

“That’s athletic footwear treading the marble of the inner chambers of global power,” the Washington Post’s Emily Heil wrote. “The rest of her ensemble — a black trench coat and skirt — would have looked at home in a boardroom. But the kicks read more casual.”

“I am a big believer that you should respect the setting you are in,” former government-affairs exec-turned fashion blogger Marissa Mitrovich told the Washington Post. “And when you are at the White House for a business meeting, I say you do not wear sneakers.”

What do you think? Are sneakers at the White House a no-go?

ICYMI: Wale Was The Opening Performance At Obama’s Final State Of The Union

January 16th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Back at the house 🔵🌙

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Tuesday (Jan. 12), was a big night for hip-hop, the White House, and rapper Wale, as the D.C. native made history has the first rapper to open a State of the Union address.

After a warm introduction from Terrence J, Wale took the stage and rocked the crowd at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with an array of his hits including the 2009 Lady Gaga-assisted “Chillin,” The White Shoes, and “LoveHate Thing,” a personal favorite amongst many, including Obama himself who requested he add that to his set list.

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“The leader of the free world having a rapper in the White House. God bless him. Hip-hop forever,” Wale said, both humbled and thrilled at the opportunity.

However, this wasn’t his first invitation to the White House, as Wale also teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama in support of her “Reach Higher” initiative with a special performance and speaking to students about higher education and career services. During his historic set, he also revealed that his fifth studio album is titled Shine and will be released this year.

Press play and watch how the historic moment unfolded.

The White House Announces New Initiative To Bring Solar Energy To Low-, Middle-Income Communities

July 7th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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The White House has announced new measures that will bring solar energy, one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy, to low-income and middle-income communities, including to those who rent.

One piece of the initiative is the “community solar” project which will use one solar facility to provide a number of homes with power. “It also includes a pledge to install a total of 300 megawatts of solar and other renewables in federally subsidized housing developments by the year 2020 (each megawatt represents roughly enough solar to power 164 homes),” reports The Washington Post.

Heretofore, solar energy has been something that companies and the affluent have been able to take advantage of. Even with the prices coming down, low-income Americans haven’t had the resources to reap the benefits of solar energy (which include lower energy bills). And those who rent can’t install solar panels even if they wanted to because they don’t own the building.

With this, the use of solar energy can spread. This will help the US to live up to the promise President Obama made in Brazil recently: Americans will triple the amount of solar energy it uses by 2020. There will also be $520 million in financial investment from various sources, including the private sector and charities. A National Community Solar Partnership made up of reps from the Department of Energy, state agencies and private companies is being established. And the White House would like to train 75,000 solar workers for this growing industry, which means jobs.

Solar power is on the rise. How high on your list of topics of importance is renewable energy?

The White House Has Created A Memorial Page For Beau Biden

June 1st, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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The White House has launched a memorial page for Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, following the news of his death this Saturday. He was 46 years old and had been battling brain cancer for two years.

Beau Biden was twice elected the attorney general of the state of Delaware and had been planning to run for governor of the state. Prior to that, he was an Iraq War veteran. He’s also known for a speech given at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

Beau Biden survived a car crash in 1972 that killed his mother (VP Biden’s first wife Neilia) and his year-old sister Naomi. He was two years old at the time. He’s had health problems in addition to the brain tumor for the last few years.

In a lovely statement, President Obama praised the strength and integrity of the Biden family, adding:

“I have believed the best of every man,” wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”

Beau Biden believed the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.

And from the VP:

“His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.

In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”

The page is a place for visitors to offer their thoughts, condolences and well wishes to the Biden family. There has been an outpouring of condolences already from friends, family and admirers.

Searching “N*gga House” In Google Maps Will Direct You To The White House

May 20th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Six years in office and some Americans are still seriously troubled by the fact that our President is a Black man. It was recently discovered that if the search terms “n*gga house” or “n*gger house” are typed into Google Maps, Internet users will be directed to the White House.

It is not clear whether a hacker or an angry Google employee is responsible for the listing, but a spokesperson for the technology company says that they’re aware of the offensive listing.

“We apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly,” a rep told TMZ yesterday.

As of this morning, the search term was still directing users to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This, of course, isn’t the only inappropriate search term that leads to the White House. As one social media user pointed out, searching “cracka house” will also lead you to the White House as well as the government office of Congressman Mike Coffman.

Bryan Seely, who has created fake Google Maps listings for the Secret Service and the FBI, explained to Search Engineland last month how hackers are able to execute these pranks.

“You create a business in Google Maps at an address where you can receive mail and with a phone number you can receive calls to,” Seely explained. “You get Google to send you a verification postcard to the address. Once the business is verified, you delete it from your account. Then you use another Google account to claim this now orphaned business. You gain control over it by doing verification via phone. Once that’s happened, you’re free to move the business to anywhere you want, change the name and alter other details.”

After all of that, I have to ask who really has the time to go through all of that just to create a fake listing.

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